Lovey (Eva) is called home to Oxford, Mississippi about 2-3 weeks in advance of her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. She knows there is a big party coming as she’s been working on it with her sister, Bitsy. However much she loves her parents, Lovey has been at odds with her sister since their teen years. Now in their mid to late 40s, the sisters are still grating on each other. Lovey resents Bitsy’s stance which keeps Lovey away from home and away from her niece and nephew whom she adores. Without a husband or family of her own, Lovey has tried to build a different life in Arizona. Professionally, she is a success. in love, though, she’s a mess.
Back at home at her parents’ request, Lovey reunites with her high school love through a landscaping project Lovey’s dad (Chief) outlined. Unfortunately the love is involved with another mutual acquaintance and that complicates things.
I know this sounds like a romance, but I would say it’s more about the marital love of Lovey’s parents, parental love, the missing sibling love between Lovey and Bitsy, and Lovey’s need to accept her situation and release herself from expectations.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me with an ARC for a review in my own words.
Set in San Antonio, this book covers about a month’s worth of time. During the story Lizbeth is approached inappropriately by Bushnell. This leads her literally to the room of Ethan. Ethan and Lizbeth met, though only he knows it, during the War when Ethan’s team was scavenging for supplies for the Confederacy. She has haunted his dreams for the years inbetween; he is surprised to run into her in San Antonio.
Devin and Julianne may be star-crossed lovers; their backgrounds are quite different. But, the book keeps emphasizing that war changes everyone.
The antagonist in the story is Bushnell; a fellow Confederate soldier who has been a pain to Ethan and Devin for many years. To wrap up the trilogy of the four soldiers, Devin and Ethan call on Robert Truax and Thomas Baker to help them settle the score with Bushnell.
Thanks to Zondervan for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
Zoe Collins returns to Copper Creek with the settlement of her grandmother’s estate. The timing is excellent as she is thinking of getting away, at least for a while, from her music partner and captor, Kyle. Going home, though, means reckoning with her stoic father and adopted brother, Brady. Oh, and let’s not forget high school boyfriend Cruz Huntley who has never won her father’s favor. At 24, though, Zoe can call her own shots and she decides to try and work her grandmother’s orchard.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
It’s such a joy to read Liz Curtis Higgs’ work as she crafts fact with humor and combines Bible knowledge with teaching. She has taken 31 different Proverbs and split them into digestible pieces to teach about all the wisdom hidden in a single Proverb. I appreciate the work she has done with the use of various Bible translations to give several points-of-view for a word or phrase of the Proverb.
Thanks to Waterbrook Press for an ARC for a review in my own words.
Lynn Austin is one of those authors who crafts a unique story that draws you in. Here we follow sisters Flora and Rebecca over the span of years from their teen years to their 50-60s. It is set from 1850 – 1890 when women were expected to marry well and have children. These two independent souls defied convention to follow their God-led paths. Blessed with financial means, the sisters had a life’s calling to help others with their difficult circumstances and to make sure that the history of the Bible is protected. We also meet teenagers Soren and Kate who come into the care of Flora and Rebecca after difficulties of living on the streets.]
For those who have finished the book – wasn’t the wedding scene quite a hoot?
The author’s notes at the end of the book relay that she wrote about the Smith sisters who preserved ancient manuscripts. She took liberties with the Chicago setting and other details, but the idea behind the travelling sisters came from a slice of history.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
This book focuses on the possibly life’s story of Katharina von Bora, eventual wife of Martin Luther. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, Pittman has written about the unique partnership of Katharina and Luther. While growing up in a convent, which was a safe place for her destitute family to place her, Katharina becomes awakened to the desire to know more about God’s design for each person. She finds enlightenment in the messages from Luther’s works, pieces of which are smuggled into the convent. She and a band of other novitiates/nuns leave the convent and seek shelter through Luther and his acquaintances. In this time period, marriage was of utmost importance for the survival of women. A couple of failed matches for Katharina bring she and Luther together.
Another fantastic story about the same couple can be found in Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.